TANNIN AQUATICS OFFERS A THOUGHTFULLY CURATED COLLECTION OF BOTANICALS, TROPICAL FISHES, AND UNIQUE AND USEFUL GOODS FOR CREATIVE AQUATIC HOBBYISTS.

"Tannin Aquatics is more than just a purveyor of aquatic goods. We’re a mood, an atmosphere, a space to be. A living, breathing, creative canvass upon which you express yourself in the aquatic world. We provide inspiration, information, and the materials with which you can perfect your craft and blur the lines between nature and the aquarium." -Scott Fellman, Owner

The Tint

Blabbering on about bark...

February 19, 2018

If you've been following the goings-on here at Tannin Aquatics over the last few years, you've seen us consistently offer a variety of bark and bark-related products. Part of the reason, besides the desire to offer you the widest selection of natural materials for botanical-style, blackwater aquariums, is because we feel that bark is an excellent vehicle for imparting tint-producing tannins (and their associated humic substances) into your aquarium water.   Bark not only is functional, but it provides a very cool aesthetic touch that really represents nature in a realistic way. As we've talked about endlessly here over the years, branches, logs, and (by extension) tree bark and such combine with leaves and seed pods in natural waterways of...

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Adrift in the current...

February 18, 2018

On Friday, we talked about water clarity, which proved a lot of interesting discussion. And of course, it got me thinking about what we see in our tanks on an everyday basis. Not long ago, I was amusingly distracted watching my office aquarium, observing a little piece of leaf floating about in the current. I don't really know why, but it somehow made me ponder how different I have approached virtually everything in my botanical aquarium than I do in any other one I keep. One of the things you get used to in a botanical-themed aquarium is, of course, decomposing leaves, softening botanicals, and the occasional strand of biofilm. And with these things, occasionally, a piece will break off...

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Eyes open..hands wet...

February 17, 2018

As I've been inching painfully towards finally getting my office brackish water aquarium wet, I reflected briefly on some of the options for equipping the tank, and how I was going to approach managing it. There was a very tiny part of me who was actually thinking of "gadget-ing up" this tank...And of course, I decided instead to be sensible about it and mix "old school"/"new school" tech. And since this think has been inching along more slowly than NASA's Space Launch System, I think it makes more sense to go with this combination! Technology is important. It's super beneficial for our hobby. However, it also  carries with it some additional considerations that you need to contend with...It's never simply "set and forget"- no matter...

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